Program in Comparative Literature

Oscar Chaidez



Border studies, identity; displacement and trauma/immigrant literature; graphic violence in contemporary literature and culture; queer theory.


I am an immigrant from Mexico.  The first person in my family to attend college, I graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a double major in English and Psychology and a minor in French.  I’m interested in the border not just as a geopolitical space, a Western concept from its foundations shaped by racist and xenophobic forces, but as a constituent of identity in the global age—what Gloria Anzaldúa famously coined as “border identity."  I also want to study the presence of graphic violence in contemporary literature and culture.

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